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George Mason - Virginia Declaration of Rights

George Mason - Virginia Declaration of Rights Government Law and Politics Social Studies American History

This image depicts the 1776 draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, created by George Mason and Thomas Ludwell Lee.

The Library of Congress maintains the original manuscript.  The LoC's curators tell us more about this very important document:

The Virginia Declaration of Rights was drafted by George Mason and Thomas Ludwell Lee (1730-1778) and adopted unanimously in June 1776 during the Virginia Convention in Williamsburg that propelled America to independence.  It is one of the documents heavily relied on by Thomas Jefferson in drafting the Declaration of Independence.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights can be seen as the fountain from which flowed the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The document exhibited here is Mason's first draft to which Thomas Ludwell Lee added several clauses. Even a cursory examination of Mason's and Jefferson's declarations reveal the commonality of language and principle.

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